This is the first post in a new mini-series I shall be embarking on. The concept is pretty simple, but I want to start adding a little more structure to my blog posting, and this is step one. The ‘why I love…’ series is essentially me waxing lyrical about why I enjoy some fairly day to day things that are part of my life, and why I think they could make a welcome addition to yours, if they haven’t already. I’m starting small, but I think that sometimes when we add up all the little things that make our life that little bit sweeter, they can add up to, well, more than a hill of beans.
I like to eat healthily where I can, but do so on a shoestring. I can’t, as per Jamie Oliver ‘pop to the farmers market for a handful of mange toute’ for dinner. The idea that people can shop fresh every day is a quaint one, but not workable for most people, including myself. I order online and get my shopping delivered once a week. I can buy fresh things for the first 2-3 days of that week, but after that it’s touch and go. I know I don’t buy food just for it to end up in the bin. To that end, I tend to use a mixture of tinned and frozen foods when I cook, especially as the week goes on. This bad boy pictured above is one of my current favourites, and here’s why.
All baked beans are good a good source of protein and soluble fibre. They are also low in fat and count as 1 of your 5 a day. Bemoaned for decades as the last resort for an impoverished student, baked beans (which are made with haricot beans) are actually a very sensible choice when you are looking for something healthy, filling, and relatively inexpensive. Heinz Five Beanz in tomato sauce contain red kidney, haricot, pinto, borlotti and cannellini. Their moniker of ‘beans for grown ups’ is very fitting, especially when you consider the health benefits of legumes.
Last nights dinner for me was 3 sausages (I always buy the quality premium ones with a high meat content), mashed spuds, and 1/2 tin Heinz 5 beanz. A pretty balanced meal if I do say so myself. I know I need to work on my portion size a little, but my point is that this is the sort of meal that’s pretty easy to put on the table for a family, as part of a balanced diet. The flavoured varieties can also be found currently in Tesco at 3 for £2.
So, today I salute you humble bean. Thank you for making my diet rich in protein and fibre, and for presenting me with many a humorous ditty to sing while I am stirring you.
Are you a lover of beans and other canned and frozen foods, or do you dismiss them out of hand? I’d love to hear your comments and opinions, as they never fail to make me smile.